Tyrus Thomas came back after 23 missed games, and off the bat carried the Bulls to victory over Chris Paul and the Hornets.on Saturday. Derrick Rose struggled from the field, but had one of his finest outings of the season. Rose controlled the offense, made some solid passes and stuck with the all-star Paul all throughout the evening.
The Bulls will once again be back at the United Center, looking for a win against the Indiana Pacers who miss their all-star Danny Granger.The high-scoring forward has missed 12 games of the season so far.
Bulls center Joakim Noah, who contributed 17 points with 18 rebounds against the Hornets, was complimented by radio announcer Chuck Swirsky after the game, and politely denied the suggestion that he was on his way to an all-star season. Bulls head coach Vinny Del Negro also jumped on the Noah all-star wagon, and hopes the coaches are paying attention. The young center is averaging 10.5 points and 12.4 rebounds this season, and has cemented his place as the starting center for these young Bulls for the foreseeable future.
Tyrus Thomas, the fourth year forward, believes his injury calmed him down and made him stronger. If his first performance was any indication, it would be a strong season for him. Thomas scored 21 points, grabbed nine rebounds and remained active at all times he was on the court. Thomas has struggled in the past with consistency, and it's been slowing his process as a basketball player.
John Salmons had just three points against the Hornets, and seems to be taking his demotion rather hard. Salmons has had a tough going this year, and was benched in favour of Kirk Hinrich, who knocked down three 3-pointers and had a good all-around game in his first start of the season.
Rookie forward Taj Gibson is also back in the starting unit, but he didn't get a chance to show the full potential of his game on Saturday, as he was in foul trouble. The forward will look to bounce back against Indiana, and could see plenty of minutes against energetic rookie Tyler Hansbrough out of North Carolina.